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A Sweet Heart


happy day y’all

Today is a great day to spread some love to your family, your friends, your special person and most importantly (and most often overlooked) yourself.

How are you celebrating? Who are you celebrating with? How much chocolate have you had before breakfast?

my answers

  • work then a manicure…pink!
  • skype date with DJ later
  • none yet…but the day is still young

I am thankful for the many sources …


of love and support…


in my life…


and I today I plan to let them all know just how much they mean to me.

Valentines day came a few nights early in the J household since Danny was on the road for work Monday morning.  We both enjoy cooking and preparing a special meal is a great way to spend some quality time together.

In my opinion, no meal valentine’s is complete with out some sweets for your sweetheart or a sweet heart for your sweetheart.





french almond cake from the newlyweds cookbook


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, ground in food processor plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • a cake pan, greased with the bottom lined with parchment


  • Put butter, sugar, and eggs in a large bowl and add ground almonds, flour, milk then beat with electric mixer or whisk. it should be very light and fluffy and it took quite a bit of mixing with my whisk attachment on the kitchenaid to get that way. spoon into pan.
  • Sprinkle remaining slivered almonds on top and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Serve with whip cream and berries


The cake was super decadent and eggy and reminded me of an almond french toast. I would be interested to see how it would turn out substituting some of the eggs for whites. Maybe next year…




You say taqueria…I say TaKorea


So let’s call the whole things off!

Last week, Bree and I kicked off our Scout Mob adventures for 2012. It was a highly anticipated reunion since we hadn’t see each other since early December. Needless to say that with Bree’s recent trip to Africa and my new job there was plenty to chat about. We had such a blast last week (and had such scoutmob success) that we promptly made a follow up date for last night.

Since Danny is back on the road again for work, and I am cooking for one, having these nights to look forward to is a treat!


Over the weekend, I blogged about some winning combinations. My new love of SPOGA (spin + yoga) class on Saturday morning, takes top honors but after two consecutive weeks of fusion meals with Bree, the Asian + Mexican food combo is making rank. Welcome to TaKoreawhere East meats Mex


(photos from the TaKorea webpage)

Bree and I were both pretty ravenous hungry when we sat down and promptly ordered a batch of these…


pork ginger and scallions dumplings

We were a bit taken back when our entrees arrived no fewer than five minutes later. Not even enough time to finish our dumplings.


We each chose two “takos” and paired them with a side of Kimchi 3 (pickled and spicy cabbage, jicima & pear, and cucumber). The Kimchi 3 was a great and spicy topper to the takos.

As per usual, we ordered a dessert to share…


red bean brownie with strawberry sauce and green tea ice cream

We both agree that the dumplings and green tea ice cream were the standout items on our table. The calamari tako was a bit bland and the presentation was a little sloppy (sorry for the sub par pics). TaKorea was on the more Asian end of the spectrum and the flavors were very strong.

All and all it was a nice night out together and when all is said and done…you can’t beat this


until our next Scoutmob adventure that is!

Perfect Pairings


Our weekend (so far) has been full of some winning combinations…

dinner : pizza date at our neighborhood Mellow Mushroom                        



a movie : the Descendants with George Clooney. Our first trip to the Midtown Arts theatre which boasts a full bar at the concession stand.




pizza: 14inch red pizza with pesto chicken, spinach, artichokes and mushrooms.



beer: SweetWater Georgia Brown for him; SweetWater Blue for her







SPOGA:  a combination class I discovered through the Piedmont Park Conservancy. It was an hourlong sweat session that totally kicked my butt and made it so much more worthwhile to spend the rest of our day like this…

rainy day:



slippers and PJ pants: need I say more



enjoy the rest of your weekend!

What is your perfect pairing?